usage alert about gay
It has been argued that gay in the sense “awkward, stupid, or bad” is independent of the sexual sense, and therefore not homophobic. This argument is weakened by the fact that the sexual meaning has long been the dominant one, and thus permeates all usages of gay. See also homosexual.
Origin of gay
OTHER WORDS FROM gaygay·ness, nounnon·gay, adjective
Other definitions for gay (2 of 2)
How to use gay in a sentence
She also said "teabaggers" is one of the "gayest" terms she's heard at CNN besides "Anderson Cooper."
The sun was shining when they arrived at Salon, the gayest, the most coquettish, the most laughing little town in Provence.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Sing the gayest, merriest songs you know; and, Martha dear, please do let Dorothy bring another rocker for yourself.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
The people in the windows wore their gayest attire, and there was often music as well as light behind them.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Shrewsbury was one of the gayest of those many provincial capitals “out of which the great wen of London has sucked all the life.”The Influence and Development of English Gilds|Francis Aiden Hibbert
She wore the gayest hats, which only served to emphasize the poverty and shabbiness of the rest of her clothes.The Leaven in a Great City|Lillian William Betts
British Dictionary definitions for gay (1 of 2)
- of or for homosexualsa gay club
- carefree and merrya gay temperament
- brightly coloured; brillianta gay hat
- given to pleasure, esp in social entertainmenta gay life
Derived forms of gaygayness, noun
Word Origin for gay
usage for gay
British Dictionary definitions for gay (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for gay
Cultural definitions for gay
Descriptive term for homosexuals.